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Sloppy Joes From Scratch

Sloppy Joes From Scratch

We started making these as we worked through a supply of elk shared by my in-laws a few years ago. I was not raised on the canned mix that so many seem to recognize as a Sloppy Joe. In fact, I had my first one as an adult, made from a supermarket seasoning packet and whatever the […]

Homemade Hot Sauce

Homemade Hot Sauce

We have several bags of hot peppers in the freezer, which makes it easy to keep our favorite hot sauce on-hand. This sauce has more than great kick– the flavor is well rounded and delicious. We use it on all sorts of foods in our home, from potatoes to tacos to scrambled eggs. Even our toddler […]

Vegetarian Refried Beans

Vegetarian Refried Beans

Our family makes burritos and tacos at least once a week. A large batch of refried beans provides plenty of leftovers for quick bean and cheese burritos for daily lunches. These beans were a revelation when we began making them– so incredibly delicious and rich, the first time my huband made them we ate most of […]

Wild Greens with Polenta and Chutney Vinaigrette (and A Note On Foraging)

Wild Greens with Polenta and Chutney Vinaigrette (and A Note On Foraging)

Sporadic rain has nurtured the fields into a thriving salad bar. By waning sunlight with my daughter in the carrier on my back yesterday evening, we gathered an impromptu dinner of curly dock, young mustard, mallow, and brown field and meadow mushrooms. All three of the greens are widely known as prolific and problematic weeds. […]

Burlap Checkerboard and Tic-Tac-Toe

Burlap Checkerboard and Tic-Tac-Toe

These make great gifts and are dirt-cheap to make if you have a little paint lying around. They’re highly portable with the stones tucked away in little burlap sacks, so they’re fun to bring out for a summer picnic or for a winter fireside game. Light and dark stones hold down the burlap when it’s […]

Making Mint Wine

Making Mint Wine

Of the dozen or so country wines we’ve attempted, mint wine has so far been the winner overall. It’s easy to make from start to finish, with no fruit to pit or grate; straining is a piece of cake; and the flavor is superb. Perhaps due to the large proportion of apple mint I used among […]

How To Make A Fabulous Easy Wreath For Free

How To Make A Fabulous Easy Wreath For Free

I’ve been making wreaths from scavenged greenery since I was a small child, using anything from grass to ivy to palm fronds to conifer branches. This one took about 20 minutes and used nothing but the plants in my yard. Don’t have any trees to rob from? Christmas tree lots generally give away their trimmings […]

Small-Batch Experimentation

Small-Batch Experimentation

My husband’s first batch of mead was a simple combination of one part raw honey to three parts tap water, boiled and cooled. The natural yeast was activated by tightening the jar lid and shaking it frequently throughout the day until fermentation began. After two days, he went camping for the weekend. The morning after […]

A Real Hangover and Cold Cure

A Real Hangover and Cold Cure

Some of us have awakened this last morning of the holiday break feeling less than stellar– thanks to unhappily timed cold or flu or too much fun had Saturday night. In our house, we reclaim our day with a mug of soul-soothing spicy garlic broth. The hands-on cooking time is minimal. Since overindulgence is so often paired with a large bird-centric […]

Shaggy Mane Mushrooms

Shaggy Mane Mushrooms

I was lucky enough to come across a heavy load of gorgeous shaggy mane mushrooms in a kind woman’s yard. When they emerged last year around this time, I asked to pick them but when I returned to do so, they’d all been stomped by children. I wasted no time this fall the moment they […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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